“Dad thinks if you have a kid, you should pay child support. Paying for them is the law, but spending time with them isn’t.”. Chasing the Skip by Janci Patterson is a young adult crime novel (available October 2, ). Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a. Recently I received a box of new books from a publisher. One of the books was Janci Patterson’s “Chasing the Skip” (Henry Holt, ). I found.

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Her father hasn’t been a part of her life, and now her hhe has gone off to meet some guy she met online. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator.

First let me start off by saying that this cover is really great and it intrigued me completely. But sometimes when I was bored in class I’d think about him.

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Ricki is your typical teenage girl living a rather atypical life. A quick and easy read. How easy pattersn get her way when she acts up in the worst way possible? At thirteen kids don’t have such a great filter for that kind of thing and can easily get themselves in way over their heads way way too early.


On the other hand, the scene with Ricki and Ian late in the book, just before the climax is NOT suited for 13 year olds to read. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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Half the time I felt b Ricki’s family is broken. Her dad is a bounty hunter who never seems to have enough time for her while her mom ran off and has since ignored her.

Maybe if I put that last part in the blog, Mom would see it and call me. Ricki passed as naive and immature sometimes, doing stupid things and acting like a five-year-old. My biggest compliment for this book is that it’s highly entertaining; it’s fast paced and action packed, with exciting shenanigans around every corner. Booklist Review After Ricki’s irresponsible mother runs off to California, her grandmother contacts the year-old’s father, a virtual stranger.

I used to think that I could somehow control the world. But his boss needs him to bring in a special case. The money is too good to pass up. I’ve never read a book about a bounty hunter, and one with a teenage girl tagging along sounded awesome.

Most of the time it would only be for the night, or a day. As I said in my last post, I was at a camp at an amazing place for a little while. There is good character development for Ricki and her dad towards the end of the story.


She’d love to know how a professional did it. I can’t wait to see what Patterson writes next. Her mother just went poof on her, her grandma doesn’t want the burden if raising another teenager, and her dad has been missing most if her life working as a bounty hunter.

Great book for middle school or early HS readers, especially reluctant readers. It was a cute, fun story, but I do feel like the target audience th definitely teen girls, and I don’t really fit into that group anymore.


I had my suspicions on her mother of never returning, and my hunches were correct. Two f-bombs late in the book, and Ricki makes such supremely poor choices. Her dad issues weren’t hard to connect with, and you could see her father straining to try to understand his daughter. The cover speaks volumes of what happens in the patteson.